Yesterday CompTIA, the non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of the IT industry, announced that as of January 1, 2011 the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications would be valid for three years from the date issued.

The change is necessary, according to CompTIA’s website because the certifications “are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international body which approves the procedures used by personnel certification bodies. ISO requires that individuals have a way to renew the currency of their certification on a regular basis. In CompTIA’s case, that renewal will occur every three years.”

What does this mean for people in the IT industry?  Like certification holders from other companies such as Microsoft and Cisco, CompTIA certification holders will need to complete between 20 and 50 hours of continuing education during the “valid” dates of their certification.  The amount of required hours depends on the certification they hold.  Individuals holding these certifications, even if they get them before the date above, should check out CompTIA’s Certification Renewal Policy.

As a customer, it means that your certified IT professional will be receiving updated training to keep their skills sharp, which will result in better service and solutions to you.  Before having anyone work on your technology equipment, ask if they hold any certifications.

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